Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 442

Article in Press

Challenges and Opportunities of Information and Communication Technologies for Dissemination of Agricultural Information in Ethiopia

Abebaw Abebe

  •  Received: 21 November 2018
  •  Accepted: 04 July 2019
This review paper analyzes the challenge and opportunities of information and communication technology for dissemination of agricultural information in Ethiopia. Understanding the challenges and opportunities of information and communication technologies enables to solve the problem of information problem to smallholder farmers through implementing ICT- related agricultural extension system. The data that are collected, assessed and reviewed from recent secondary data sources from Central statistical agency, empirical study, country profile, different authors and researchers have written on the issue of information and communication technology in agriculture (ICT 4 Ag).Compared to the other sector like governance, health and education sectors, ICT-adoption in the agricultural sector has started relatively late in Ethiopia. Even though it is in infant stage, there are many agricultural ICT related service and application in Ethiopia. The current radical penetration of ICTs like mobile phone, website, social media and other internet/online services brings an immense prospect to farmers to create, share, store, process, interpret and preserve agricultural information and knowledge. Therefore, the existing extension system should bent towards ICT based. ICT related agricultural extension system is the solely choice for dissemination of agricultural knowledge and information. Ethiopia is the country which has more than 65000 extension personnel’s for agricultural extension. But this extension system is not sustainable since it is very costly inefficient. Thus agricultural extension policy and intervention should focus ICT based extension system

Keywords: Agriculture, Challenges, Ethiopia, ICTs 4 Ag, Information, Opportunities